Poems Hide #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

national poetry writing month 2018

Poems hide, I hear.

I look for them in the creaks and sighs of my old house,
in the cats curled into alphabet letters,
in the morning silence that isn’t silent at all.

I look for them in the golden grasses of the prairie,
in the mule deer that graze by the side of the road,
in the blues, pinks and oranges of a sunrise sky.

I look for them in old notebook entries,
in the words and silences of other poems,
in the dark corners of memory.

Some days, they can’t be found at all.


17 responses to “Poems Hide #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018”

  1. I worry I’ll have a day when I can’t find poetry. Today I’m finding it in unexpected places. I love the way Georgia Heard helps me see where poems hide. And in your poem, I love these hiding places, especially the cat poses.

  2. “Some days, they can’t be found at all.” There is a wistfulness, a melancholy that arises in me when I read that each time. Am I sad? Might you be? Is it simply a factual statement? The point is – this final line makes the poem for me, gives it an emotional anchor that stays with me even when I’ve stopped wondering about all the hiding places of poems.

  3. “Poems hide . . . I look for them in the dark corners of memory.” Probably one of my favorite places to find poems. Love how you started each stanza the same and moved from your home to the natural world and finally, the world of words.

  4. Yes! Poetry DOES hide! Isn’t that wonderful when we find Poetry in unexpected places? Sometimes I think it is a matter of taking the time to notice.

  5. The repetition really works for me in this poem – that, and the simple diction creating clear images. And there’s something quite wonderful about a poem that reveals itself even as it claims that some days poems can’t be found. It’s wistful, this little poem – and lovely.

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